10 days and 4.6 inches of rain until we were able to get into the fields again, then the work began from dawn to dusk! Cultivating, decrusting the soil, hand weeding, foliar feeding, baling and stacking hay, thrashing grain and baling straw. Long days for the entire family, particularly Farmer Dean and oldest son, Nathan. We are thankful to say the sweet corn, beans and many other crops have recovered. We have replanted all the lost melons, cucumbers and green beans. If we get a late frost those may mature. The harvest will be late, but Lord willing, we will have one! Please check back over the next week or two for updates. Thank you!!!
Hail is a mighty force of nature... so small, yet can do so much damage. This past Tuesday, we experienced, once again, the devastating effects of hail (previous hail storm being in 2006).
Farmer Dean and oldest son, Nathan, were working outside. Nathan looks up at the dark clouds, temperatures dropping and states, "The storm is coming across the fields". Before long, raindrops began to fall. Within minutes hail poured down from the skies. Six long minutes for a farmer. Marble sized hail stripped some plants of their foliage, dropped many leaves off of our trees and wreaked considerable damage on our crops. By the end of the 12 minute storm, two inches of moisture flooded our farm. The ends of the fields flood, water runs like a stream across the ends of the fields and crops sit in water. A disheartening sight indeed... Days of hard work destroyed... The growing season comes to a sudden halt...
Now we wait to see what will recover. "What will produce before the first freeze in the fall?", we ask ourselves. The outcome of the harvest is very uncertain, so we continually pray. Lord willing, if things recover, we will begin harvest later than usual. Some crops are destroyed and it is too late to plant again. Only time will tell.
What is certain is that we serve a good, loving God, who cares for His own. We ask that you pray for us, as we wait and seek for wisdom for the days to come. Please pray also for the crops to recover quickly, for some dry weather so we can get in the fields to de-crust the soil and give struggling plants fertility and for a late frost. We thank you.
Pinto Beans have been planted! Many vegetables are germinating! We are thankful!
Farmer Dean rises at 4:30, spends some quiet time in the Word before heading out to bale hay. Oldest son, Nathan, swathed the hay days earlier. They finish baling and loading our first cutting of Alfalfa.
We grow a small acreage of Alfalfa Hay to feed our Jersey milk cow and to sell. It is grown naturally without pesticides. Call 832-6171 or write email@example.com if you need some good quality alfalfa!
WOW what a few weeks! The first and best thing we've been up to is the adoption of a sweet baby girl. She came into our lives and home this past Wednesday. Now we await some more legalities and finalization. THANK YOU to all who have been praying for our little girl!
Farmer Dean has busily worked on equipment and many other projects, while awaiting drier conditions (4.25 inches of rain in May). He recently planted bolita beans and more corn, while oldest son, Nathan, swathed alfalfa. Students from our cousin Jesse's high school class learned a little about our farm on a recent tour.
Today dear friends came alongside us to hand plant our market garden.This afternoon, oldest son and daughter help their father plant cabbage, beets and broccoli with our small planter. Watermelon, cantaloupe and pie pumpkins get in the ground using our large planter. A beautiful and productive day!